Between classes, clubs, and other commitments, not to mention homework, finding time to work out can seem impossible. With so much going on, working out often slips down to one of the lowest priorities. However, even just getting a work out in a few times a week is a great way to reduce stress, sleep better, and increase overall health. Freshman year, living on campus working out seemed easier, with the Lyon Center being so close, as well the mini-gyms located in many of the dorms. I also took advantage of the Lyon center class pass my freshman year, knowing I would use it a lot. The cost is only $75, and you can go to as many classes as you want. These include: cycling, hip hop cardio, Zumba, and my personal favorite, F45. F45 is an intense work out class that lasts for 45 minutes, it’s a mix of circuit work out and cardio with music playing, making it really fun.
My sophomore year I felt less motivation to make the trek all the way from where I live currently on 28th street (it isn’t far, I’m just a bit lazy), so I started looking for other ways to work out. I’m not the kind of person who can go to the gym and just start lifting weights or running on the treadmill, I like classes and structure. Something I can’t recommend highly enough is taking a physical education class (course code PHED), it only takes 1 free unit. The classes usually meet twice a week for an hour each, and they’re an easy way to get in exercise. There are lots of different class options, from tennis to yoga to surfing (!!). My personal favorite is futsal, which is similar to indoor soccer. The class is fast-paced, we play a lot of games, and I’ve meet such awesome people that I never would have met otherwise. The previous semester I took outdoor soccer, coached by the same professor (professor of soccer?) Luis. Outdoor soccer was such a blast too, I loved enjoying the beautiful southern California weather in the morning before it got too hot. The best part about all of these classes though, is they offer a really fun way to get in the much-needed exercise and have an awesome experience on top of that.
Coach takes a team photo after the especially great classes!